By Ryan Koontz
The Aquinas men’s hockey team was back again with another conference matchup this Friday night, when they hosted the Concordia Cardinals at home. After 60 minutes of play the Saints were unable to topple the Cardinals, and fell by a score of 5-3.
AQ falls to 7-6 overall this season, and 4-5 in conference play.
The Saints were the first to strike early in the period with a goal at 17:12. This goal came from Brandon Rozema when he was assisted by Dylan Rumpke. This was Rozema’s eighth goal of the year. The Saints then got in penalty trouble about halfway through the period with Brandon Rozema and Mason Stewart sitting in the box with three AQ skaters going against Concordia’s five. Thanks to exceptional goal tending from Tyler Szturm, the Saints were able to kill both Concordia penalties. The Cardinals wouldn’t be denied though, as they’d score on a powerplay goal at 2:09, sending both teams to the locker room with one goal.
In the second period, the Cardinals were the first team to strike with a goal at 17:37. AQ would answer quickly though as Alex Johnson would find the back of the net at 16:06 in the period. He was assisted by #15 Mitchell Hoon. Concordia would strike once again in the period, scoring at 7:01. Both teams would get power plays after the goal but neither could capitalize, ending the period 3-2 Concordia.
AQ looked to mount a comeback in the third, but were unable to do so, being outscored 2-1 in the period. AQ’s lone goal came from Mason Stewart when scored unassisted at 15:27
In net Tyler Szturm faced 43 shots and was able to save 38 of them.
Aquinas will go on the road for the second game of their series tomorrow. They travel to Canton, Michigan for a 7:00 PM matchup against the Cardinals where they will seek redemption.
(Originally published at https://aqsaints.com/news/2022/11/11/mens-ice-hockey-mens-hockey-bested-by-concordia-5-3.aspx)